Weekly Register, June 13, 1798

Weekly Register

June 13, 1798

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Location: London, Middlesex

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Weekly Register (Newspaper) - June 13, 1798, London, Middlesex No! "10VJ 1 / WEDNESDAY, June 13, 1798. '[Price Sigpende. PRESENT STATE OF RELIGION IN: EUROPE. GERMANY, from the time of Luther, has been partly Protectant and partly Popifh : in different cities and dates each Religionbeihg efta  bliflied, and in'fome both; fo that a travellet hardly knows when to confider himrelf orf Catholic, and when on Popifh ground, but by the prefence or abfenee of croifes, crucifixes, and procemons. In fome places this admixture of profeflions has produced toleration, in others perpetual animo-  fity. In the latter cafe, however, religious'p^rin'  ciples were the leaft part of the difpute ; the out' ward ritual, the ceremony, and the name, chiefly occupying the attention of the parties. In fuch circumftances, it is no wonder that Infidelity mould be introduced and obtain a rapid that country.  �, .  " The following extract of a letter recently received from Hamburgh, with which the-Editor has been favoured, will thro.w/fome light on .the prefent fubject: . i . :i*�:.tThere being no csunicipal laws to. reftrain the avarice of ftopkeepwyandlrajiefmeithereTtfrfe (hops are in a great m$rfure open upon Sunday^ and you may on that dajf buy almaft every article of commerce. The dayJut-with others altogether dedicated to diffipation ^d;'^mnfernent. \ Card4 balls, plays, concerts, drtnl^ng,,Tidingv&c..take up the whole. The Lutheran Religion here, is but a fecond edition of Papery, with the fame foppery of iuperrtition, the fame adherence to forms and ceremonies, and thc'jfame dereliction of principles and piety. Few itnake a profeffion of real godlineis, and fewer itill poffefs it. . Thofe who have appeared to me the moil ferious, have been fo attached to the fhcll as to neglect the kernel. " Next to the Lutherans the Calvinifts (both here and throughout Germany) are the moil numerous ; but the difFerenc: between them and the Lutherans will not, I fear, at.-the laft day, be efti-milted according to their ideas at prefent j nor is their conduct to be diilmguifhed. The reformed French have a chapeliierei as well as the Engliih of the Church of England their worihip is attended with lei's fuperfiition than the Lutherans, but their religion is intrinfically much the fame. ' " Modern philolbphy has here made.dreadful Jtrides; for almoil altperfons of education or in-1 formation openly profefs it; and fome fate writers' (Faiae efpecially) have enabled them to give art appearance" of rationality to the fentiments they1 had ignorantly adopted. ".^1 am,afraid \vhat';I have faid will, but too; juilly apply to the Continent in general,^ but^ doubtlefs with exceptions which it would, be aj pleafure to ftate, but I am unhappily not fur-: nifhed with fufBcientiriformationi'' - \ .Among the moil pleafing exceptions ar^' thef fociety of" the United^retfir�ny,:f'k)rMoravians,i. who have a flourifhing^intcreft an Herrnhut, inj Upper Lufatla. .Theiy fimple; manners-, pious,; and.nipffenfive livefi,- and great� exertions in thej propagation of Chiifti^uty, vtave pJroCured�fhem| the nigheil efteem 'among vaaous denominations} of Prpteftar fuperiiition wears away as the^''-Beq6AMf'mo%'ert^DSv^^fw:-quainted with'tharCHri^att BrethreA.7 ' Thefe excellenf^ife3p? Minifters, Lutheran,/Cafv&il&e',' befide 'fhe Brethren,' mfeet to coitr^rfe ^h^theiheans of 'Hp-porting and "propagating vital'Chnftianiry; and there are. many hundred Minifters in Germajw,, Switzerland, Denmark, Holland, Sweden,. Norway, Ruffia, Pruffia, and Hnng^ry; m~0�Srrefpon-dence with them; andaJl nnitedui the fame objeft.- At^afle, in Stfitzerlandi a fociity of fevel-al ' thoufand members has exifbidneariy-tw^ty years, holding a religious correfpdndence wifKihe above, and with other religious focieties Ih various fdr-� : rounding countries. : Thefe are afewpf thfe^ception? to the general depravity of Qirimahs;; 'tiomywo&itt&&thi? duced, but our fimita will not admit.'- On'fact of a contrary nature muftn'ot. beiomittedi as Jt may afford a ufeful hint'tpQtfiwSi^ri^ -isi related on the authority of Dr. Hey iof^atob^jge. ^ jy^npli known that Calvinitrri ha* been'ffie.'ftandard'.bf truth at Geneva from theT'lime of ifiat^Refermlr, . though it is as little ^elievfd^^tere, as in fome other eftablifhments on' thi-fimietprkiciples.. The Minifter when he comes te the. oatk^bf aflent, makes the " claufe a^cor^pg^the^^^c^of, Calvin,''afeparate bufindsj -by.fpeakipg wwer^ altering his pbfture, or -toakmg a cpfifldei^Ke paufe before he ut'terit it. >Surtby i^'ls^t^e^- ' ordinary that a CHurch w^ere fx